Friday, May 23, 2008
Soldier Field 10
The Soldier Field 10-Miler, presented by adidas, while not the only show in town over the Memorial Day weekend, is the showcase event in the Chicago area. Despite some local elite runners being out or limited by injuries, Dave Zimmer and Mark Colpoys at Fleet Feet have assembled a strong field. Colpoys, FF's Director of Marketing, picks Jeff Jonaitis of Tinley Park and defending women's champion Jessica Langford of Rockford to win. However, Colpoys wrote in an e-mail, "Chad Ware may give JJ a run for the money!" Jonaitis won the Lakefront 10-miler on April 27 against a strong field that included Greg Costello and Jack Kafel. Last year at Soldier Field, Costello won in 50:53, while Langford ran 58:22. Costello is on Colpoys' list of runners "out with injuries or recovering from other races." Also on that list are Karen Prisby, Claudia Becque (U.S. Marathon Trials) and Jim Akita. The sold-out starting field of 7,500 will enjoy the long-expected weather warm-up. Translation: It won't be freezing on the lakefront when they go at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday. I'll try to update if I can. If you're running, good luck and have fun crossing the 50-yard line!